Heading into tonight's Democratic primary debate, most
In contrast, large shares of
Medicare-for-all and other approaches to expand public coverage have gotten substantial attention at prior debates, and critics have focused their attacks on Medicare-for-all, which would create a single government health plan that would cover all Americans.
Amidst this attention, the new poll finds about half (51%) of the public now favors a Medicare-for-all plan, down 5 percentage points since April. Nearly as many (47%) now oppose a Medicare-for-all plan, up significantly since April (38%).
The poll also finds more than seven in 10 (73%) now favor a government-run "public option" plan available to all Americans that would compete with private health insurers, while one in four (24%) are opposed.
More Americans, Including Seniors, Trust Democrats than
The broader public also trust
Not surprisingly, majorities of partisans trust their own party to do a better job on each of these issues. Independents are more likely to trust the
Large Majorities across Parties Favor Government Negotiations to Lower Drug Prices, Though Counterarguments Significantly Dampen Support
About seven in 10 (72%) - including a similar share of
The poll also tests common arguments made for and against allowing the federal government to negotiate with drug companies to obtain lower prices and finds that some arguments can significantly affect public support.
For example, two thirds (65%) say they oppose government negotiations after hearing the argument that it could limit access to new prescription drugs, and nearly as many (62%) oppose it after hearing it could lead to less research and development of new drugs. On the flip side, support is as high as 89% when people are told that government negotiations could help people save on their drug costs.
Other proposals aimed at lowering prescription drug costs are also popular, including: placing an annual limit on out-of-pocket costs for seniors in Medicare drug plans (81%); allowing Americans to buy drugs imported from licensed Canadian pharmacies (78%); allowing Medicare to limit drug companies' price increases based on annual inflation rates (76%); and setting Medicare prices based on prices in other countries with more government control (62%). Majorities of
The public is divided on whether
Nearly Two Thirds of the Public Do Not Want the Courts to Overturn the ACA's Pre-Existing Condition Protections, Though Nearly Half of Republicans Do
The poll also looks at the public's views on a pending court case that could overturn all or parts of the Affordable Care Act. A federal judge in
The poll finds the public narrowly divided on whether the
At the same time, most (63%) do not want to see the
The poll finds half (51%) of the public views the ACA favorably this month, while 40% view it unfavorably. The split is similar to other KFF polls over the past two years since
Designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at KFF, the poll was conducted